Hot picks: Laughing in the Cold, Arctic Entries, Eternal Cowboys

Matt Sullivan

Shock and awe

The Australian cult classic "Wake in Fright" originally opened in 1971, but only recently has it begun reaching a wider audience after the original print was restored and made available on DVD and Blu-ray in 2009. Now you can catch it on the big screen at Bear Tooth. The film is about a teacher who travels to Bundanyabba in the Outback and is drawn into the "Yabba" culture of drinking and gambling. He then is embroiled in the locals' threatening world. Roger Ebert said "'Deliverance," made a year later in 1972, is mild by comparison," so it's probably best to leave the young ones at home. Show time is 7:50 p.m. Monday, $3.50. Visit for info.

Punch lines

Comedians Cocoa Brown and Honest John are teaming up for Saturday's Laughing in the Cold Comedy Jam. Brown has starred in movies like Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse" and "Lakeview Terrace," while you might recognize Honest John from stints on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" or "The Jamie Foxx Show." Catch them both 7:30 p.m. at Discovery Theatre, $36.50-$39.50. Visit for info.

Wild West

Bar band fixtures The Eternal Cowboys will hold down the fort at Koot's for a couple nights this month. The rough-hewn acoustic group offers its take on everything from Johnny Cash to Against Me to Billy Idol, plus a few originals, 10 p.m. Monday and Jan. 14, free (21 and older). Visit for info.

Once upon a time

After getting its start in 2010 at Cyrano's, Arctic Entries has grown into a regularly sold-out event at Snow Goose Theatre. The monthly story-telling event gives the microphone to seven Alaskans for seven minutes apiece, with each story revolving around a common theme for the night. The theme for Tuesday's show is "Virtual Reality: Dreams, Delusions, and Getting Lost in a Series of Tubes." Tickets go on sale at the Snow Goose box office 6:30 p.m., $10, with a limit of seven per person. Stories start 7:30 p.m. Think you've got a good story to tell? Pitch it at



Matt Sullivan
Anchorage Daily News